The Imperial Singles, Vol. 2: 1953-1956

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The second volume of Ace's comprehensive series spotlighting Domino's '50s singles has both sides of 14 of his singles from 1953 to early 1956, presented in chronological order. A couple of songs from a 1956 LP are tacked on as the final two tracks. Only one of these songs is likely to be familiar to the average rock & roll fan, that being "Ain't That a Shame," Fats' first really huge pop hit and indeed one of the first big rock & roll hits of any kind. Several other big R&B hits are sprinkled throughout the disc, though, these including "Going to the River" which actually even made it to number 24 in the pop charts in 1953, "Please Don't Leave Me," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The second volume of Ace's comprehensive series spotlighting Domino's '50s singles has both sides of 14 of his singles from 1953 to early 1956, presented in chronological order. A couple of songs from a 1956 LP are tacked on as the final two tracks. Only one of these songs is likely to be familiar to the average rock & roll fan, that being "Ain't That a Shame," Fats' first really huge pop hit and indeed one of the first big rock & roll hits of any kind. Several other big R&B hits are sprinkled throughout the disc, though, these including "Going to the River" which actually even made it to number 24 in the pop charts in 1953, "Please Don't Leave Me," "Don't You Know," "All By Myself," "Poor Me," "Bo Weevil," and "Don't Blame It on Me." Generally, this material finds Fats' music slowly moving from early New Orleans R&B to pioneering early rock & roll, retaining many of the ingredients present in his music right from the time he did "The Fat Man" in 1949. More varied melodies and tempos make their way into the picture, however, even if many of the songs might nonetheless be too similar to each other for the casual fan. By "Poor Me" and "Don't Blame It on Me," in fact, Domino was already putting out "Ain't That a Shame" sound-alikes himself. For those heavily into Fats, New Orleans R&B, and early rock & roll, however, there are plenty of interesting sides to be heard here, several of them B-sides. "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" puts Domino close to Professor Longhair territory with its Mardi Gras rhythms and whistling; "Please Don't Leave Me" has some of his greatest piano trills, as well as a melody that no doubt profoundly influenced Clarence "Frogman" Henry; "Don't Leave Me This Way" and "Don't You Know" unveil the stop-start rhythms that would feature so heavily in "Ain't That a Shame" a few singles down the line; and "Little School Girl" and "Don't You Hear Me Calling You?" have shufflin' Crescent City rhythms that got smoothed out of his post-mid-'50s work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/1997
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667164924
  • Catalog Number: 649
  • Sales rank: 140,107

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Going to the River (2:32)
  2. 2 Mardi Gras in New Orleans (2:21)
  3. 3 Please Don't Leave Me (2:41)
  4. 4 The Girl I Love (2:09)
  5. 5 You Said You Love Me (2:45)
  6. 6 Rose Mary (2:20)
  7. 7 Don't Leave Me This Way (2:22)
  8. 8 Something's Wrong (2:44)
  9. 9 Little School Girl (2:48)
  10. 10 You Done Me Wrong (2:10)
  11. 11 Baby Please (2:03)
  12. 12 Where Did You Stay? (2:04)
  13. 13 You Can Pack Your Suitcase (2:27)
  14. 14 I Lived My Life (2:13)
  15. 15 Don't You Hear Me Calling You? (2:13)
  16. 16 Love Me (1:57)
  17. 17 I Know (2:39)
  18. 18 Thinking of You (2:15)
  19. 19 Don't You Know (2:28)
  20. 20 Helping Hand (2:11)
  21. 21 Ain't That a Shame (2:26)
  22. 22 La-La (2:10)
  23. 23 All by Myself (2:21)
  24. 24 Troubles of My Own (2:15)
  25. 25 Poor Me (2:19)
  26. 26 I Can't Go on (Rosalie) (2:06)
  27. 27 Bo Weevil (2:05)
  28. 28 Don't Blame It on Me (2:43)
  29. 29 Swanee River Hop (2:52)
  30. 30 If You Need Me (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fats Domino Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Jon Broven Memory Moog
Technical Credits
Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
Barbara George Composer
Wilson Pickett Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Roy Byrd Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Omar Dykes Composer
Epic Soundtracks Composer
Professor Longhair Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Sonny Sanders Composer
Robert Smith Composer
Phil Walden Composer
Victor Young Composer
Jon Broven Cover Design
Galen Gart Memorabilia
Rick Coleman Liner Notes
Dave Booth Memorabilia
Robert Bateman Composer
Victor Pearlin Memorabilia
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